Careers

Howard Area Community Center is always seeking dedicated and compassionate people who want to help Rogers Park community members build better futures.

Employee benefits may include the following:

  • Generous paid time off
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Extended medical bank
  • Health insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Dental insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Vision insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement account
  • Family and medical leave

Equal Opportunity Statement

Howard Area Community Center (HACC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of HACC to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, arrest record, or any other legally protected status.

Program/Department: Health and Human Services

Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time, Approximately 40 hours per week

Salary: Available upon request

Last Date to Apply: February 11, 2020

Brief Description:

We are seeking a bilingual case manager to work with our domestic violence program. The case manager will provide legal advocacy, counseling, and case management services to domestic violence clients. Duties include conduct one-on-one and group counseling sessions, provide service referrals; conduct community outreach; accompany clients to court, liaise with client’s legal representation; and assist clients with completing orders of protection and other legal documents. The case manager will demonstrate fluency in English and at least one other language. Preferred languages include: Arabic, Dari/Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or comparable degree required
  • Two years’ experience in social services, preferred
  • Bilingual with ability to translate documents accurately from English to another language

How to apply:

Email a cover letter and resume to jkaiser@howardarea.org with DV Case Manager in the subject line.

Program/Department: Employment Resource Department

Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time (temporary)

Salary: Available upon request

Last Date to Apply: February 4, 2020

Brief Description:

We are seeking a receptionist for our Employment Resource Center (ERC). The receptionist answers phones, greets visitors and customers, assists customers complete intake forms, files paperwork, maintains office supplies, and enters customer data in a database.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or 1-3 years of transferrable professional experience
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Friendly, professional demeanor and an aptitude for details

How to apply:

Email a cover letter and resume to jkaiser@howardarea.org with ERC Receptionist in the subject line.

Program/Department: Adult Education and Employment
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time
Salary: Available upon request

Brief Description:

We are seeking a full-time career coach to support job seekers to transition into gainful employment. The position includes client recruitment, assessment, enrollment, referral, and support services. The career coach will work closely with our adult education, employment, and heath and human services team, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, and local employers to meet program goals.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, or related field is preferred; 3+ years of experience related to career coaching is preferred.
  • A qualified candidate will be detail oriented, flexible, patient, and demonstrate self- initiative, professionalism, and the ability to work in a diverse environment.
  • An understanding of the needs and experiences of those with limited education, little to no employment experience, and /or a criminal record is required. Knowledge of the local labor market, Career Connect, and the Workforce Initiative and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is helpful

How to apply:

Email a cover letter and resume to jkaiser@howardarea.org and chardwick@howardarea.org by January 9, 2020 with WIOA Career Coach in the subject line. Submissions that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time – this is a 12 month salaried position
Salary: $38,000- $43,000

Brief Description:

Provides support and supervision to the teaching staff within 6 classrooms of the Birth to Three program so as to support the comprehensive education program and vision of the Family Center. This position services as the primary Designate Director in the absence of the Director.

Qualified candidates have:

  • Work experience in Early Head Start center based programming, and knowledge base necessary to support the philosophy of comprehensive services provided by these programs.
  • Direct work experience of relationship based practices, including primary care-giving and continuity of care models.

  • Experience in administering developmental and social/emotional screenings (ASQ:3 and ASQ:SE2).
  • Direct experience in utilizing Creative Curriculum for Birth to Three.
  • Direct experience in utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD as an assessment tool.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Practice-Based Coaching model.
  • Direct work experience supervising a team, mentoring staff, and providing reflective supervision.
  • Experience of NAEYC and Excelerate Illinois standards and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, colleagues, and families.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Previous Supervisory Experience
  • Gateways Credentials in ECE Level 5 and IT Level 5 a plus

How to apply:

Please email cover letter with resume to skoliarakis@howardarea.org

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time

Brief Description: Directs all early childhood education programs and operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development, Management, & Evaluation

  • Develops and implements early childhood education programs that are responsive to community needs and interests and aligned with the agency’s strategic plan.
  • Develops annual and long-term program goals and implements program evaluation processes that measure these goals along with program participation, quality, and impact.
  • Directs, monitors, and continuously improves ongoing program operations.
  • Ensures the agency has consistent representation in city-wide program-specific networking groups.
  • Licensing, Government Funding, & Compliance
  • Ensures that all DCFS licensing, NAEYC accreditation, and government grant requirements are met, including those related to program objectives and outcomes, program data and narrative reporting, performance standards and quality assurance, personnel activity reports, Head Start Policy Council operations, and any other requirements specified by grants or licensing / accrediting bodies.
  • Leads the grant writing process and serves as the primary program contact for all government grants supporting early childhood education programs.
  • Works in collaboration with finance department staff in grant budget development, vouchering, and fiscal reporting for government grants.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all program audits conducted by government funders as well as licensing and accreditation visits for other entities.

Fundraising

  • Works in collaboration with the Development Director and the Development team to research and identify possible sources of private funding and prepare grant applications.
  • Works in collaboration with the Development team to prepare reports required by private funders
  • Collaborates with the Development team by providing data, outcomes, and other information to support general fundraising and communications for the agency.
  • Fiscal Management
  • Develops annual department budget in collaboration with the Finance Director and Executive Director.
  • Monitors and manages department budget throughout the year to meet department and agency financial goals.

Staff Management

  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates direct reports according to agency policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that coordinators provide training, ongoing supervision, and regular performance reviews according to agency policies and procedures.
  • Identifies opportunities for professional development within the early childhood education team and encourages staff attendance as the agency budget allows.

Agency Leadership

  • Serves as an active member of the agency’s Senior Leadership Team and works with other Senior Leadership Team members in building consistency, strong communication systems, and a responsive and collaborative environment throughout the agency.
  • Leads cross-departmental agency initiatives as assigned.
  • Represents the agency at community events and in relationships with funders, other non-profits, local schools, community leaders, and other stakeholders.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and/or Experience:

Master’s degree in early childhood, public administration, or human services, and at least five years’ experience in program management and supervision, preferably with Head Start. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful.

Staff and Fiscal Responsibility:

  • Budget: $3.2 million revenue; $2.4 million expense
  • FTE: 52.75

How to apply:

Please email Cover letter and Resume to thorne@howardarea.org

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time – this is a 12 month salaried position
Salary: $38,000- $38,000

Brief Description:

Supports comprehensive high quality early childhood education services for children ages birth to three and their families and provides supervision to 6 teaching staff. This position serves as the primary Site Director for 2 classrooms of center based programming.

Qualified candidates have:

Work experience in Early Head Start center based programming, and knowledge base necessary to support the philosophy of comprehensive services provided by these programs.

  • Direct work experience of relationship based practices, including primary care-giving and continuity of care models.
  • Experience in administering developmental and social/emotional screenings (ASQ:3 and ASQ:SE2).
  • Direct experience in utilizing Creative Curriculum for Birth to Three.
  • Direct experience in utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD as an assessment tool.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Practice-Based Coaching model.
  • Ability to apply effective approaches to authentic parent engagement.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with families and provide quality case management to ensure that families receive the full scope of comprehensive services
  • Direct work experience supervising a team, mentoring staff, and providing reflective supervision.
  • Ability to apply effective program planning and management practices to ensure effective and consistent delivery of high quality education and health services that remain in compliance with all City, State and Federal regulations and NAEYC best practices.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Previous Supervisory Experience
  • Gateways Credentials in ECE Level 5 and IT Level 5 a plus

How to apply:

Please email cover letter with resume to skoliarakis@howardarea.org

Program/Department: Early Childhood – Family Center
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

NAEYC accredited center in Rogers Park is seeking an Infant/Toddler Teacher to facilitate and teach groups of infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. This is a full time, full year position with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Appropriately facilitated individual and group care and early learning experiences in infant, toddler and twos classrooms;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical and individual needs within a model of continuity of care;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom;
  • Candidates must have successfully earned a minimum of 30 college level credit hours; a minimum of 15 of those hours must be in ECE specific coursework. An AA in ECE is preferred.
  • Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Gateways Early Childhood and Infant Toddler Credential.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and transcripts to adekker@howardarea.org

Program/Department: Early Childhood – Family Center
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

NAEYC accredited center in Rogers Park is seeking a Preschool Teacher to facilitate and teach groups of 3-5 year old children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. This is a full time, full year position with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Experience facilitating individual and group care and early learning experiences in mixed-aged (3s, 4s and 5s) preschool classroom;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and individual needs within a model of continuity of care;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom;
  • Candidates must have successfully earned a minimum of 60 college-level credit hours; a minimum of 15 of those hours must be in ECE specific coursework. An AA in ECE is preferred.
  • Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Gateways Early Childhood Credential.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and transcripts to tmonroe@howardarea.org.